Volume 2.46 | Dec 9

Cord Blood News 2.46, December 9, 2010.
In this issue: Science News  |  Current Publications  |  Industry News  |  Policy News  |  Events


SCIENCE NEWS

Studies Highlight Important Role of Stem Cell Transplant Procedures for the Treatment of Blood Cancers
Results from four innovative studies help answer outstanding questions about stem cell transplant procedures in treating various hematologic malignancies. Research presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology reveals that the utilization of a double cord blood stem cell transplant is associated with better overall outcomes when used early in the treatment of acute leukemias. [American Society of Hematology Press Release]

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CURRENT PUBLICATIONS (Ranked by Impact Factor of the Journal)

Analysis of Risk Factors Influencing Outcome in Children with Myelodysplastic Syndrome After Unrelated Cord Blood Transplantation
Data suggest that transplantation of mismatched umbilical cord blood graft is an acceptable alternative for children without a matched sibling or suitably matched unrelated adult donor. [Leukemia]

Lymphocyte Subset Reconstitution After Unrelated Cord Blood or Bone Marrow Transplantation in Children
Researchers report the post-transplant lymphocyte subset recovery of 226 children treated with unrelated cord blood transplant (n = 112) or unrelated bone marrow transplant (n = 114) for malignant or non-malignant diseases. [Br J Haematol]

Storage Characteristics of Cord Blood Progenitor Cells: Report of a Multicenter Study by the Cellular Therapies Team of the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) Collaborative
Cord blood hematopoietic progenitor cell collections maintained at 4°C retained higher total nucleated cell counts, mononuclear cell counts, and CD45+ cell viability over a 72- to 96-hour storage period. [Transfusion]

Human Umbilical Cord Stromal Stem Cell Express CD10 and Exert Contractile Properties
Umbilical cord stromal stem cells are mesenchymal stem cells that reside in the perivascular area of Wharton’s jelly and are phenotypically and functionally related to myofibroblasts. [Placenta]

T-Lymphocyte Recovery and Function After Cord Blood Transplantation
Findings offer a major step in fulfilling critical biological requirements to quickly generate a cellular product ex vivo, using a negligible fraction of a cord blood graft that provides a flexible adoptive immunotherapy platform for both children and adults. [Immunol Res]

Reduced Intensity Conditioning Regimen Prior to Unrelated Cord Blood Transplantation In Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia : Preliminary Analysis of a Prospective Phase II Multicentric Trial on Behalf of Societe Française De Greffe De Moelle Osseuse Et Therapie Cellulaire (SFGM-TC) and Eurocord
To evaluate reduced intensity conditioning regimen-unrelated cord blood transplantation in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), researchers conducted a prospective Phase II multicentric trial in France, whose primary objective was to show a reduction in non-relapse mortality from 40% (based on registry data) to 20%. [52nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting Abstract]

INDUSTRY NEWS

Cephalon and Mesoblast Enter Into Strategic Alliance to Develop and Commercialize Novel Therapeutic Products for Regenerative Medicine
Cephalon, Inc. and Mesoblast Limited announced they have entered into a strategic alliance to develop and commercialize novel adult Mesenchymal Precursor Stem Cell therapeutics for degenerative conditions of the cardiovascular and central nervous systems. The alliance also extends to products for augmenting hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in cancer patients. [Cephalon, Inc. Press Release]
 
Cytheris Announces Interim Results of Phase I Study Showing That Recombinant Human Interleukin-7 (CYT107) Promotes T-Cell Recovery Following T-Cell Depleted Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Cytheris SA announced interim results from a Phase I clinical trial of its investigational drug candidate, recombinant human Interleukin-7 (CYT107), in the treatment of post-transplant patients with T-cell depleted bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell transplants. [Cytheris SA Press Release]

ZEVALIN Data as Preparatory Regimen Presented Prior to Autologous and Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation in the Treatment of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the presentation of ZEVALIN data as a preparatory or conditioning regimen prior to both allogeneic and autologous stem cell transplantation at the 52nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. [Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Press Release]

Cord Blood America Would Triple Size with Mexico Stem Cell Storage Acquisition
Cord Blood America, Inc. announced that it has signed a letter of intent to purchase Cryo-Cell Mexico, which is Mexico’s largest stem cell storage company. [Cord Blood America, Inc. Press Release]

GeneCell International Opens Miami-Based Headquarters, First and Only Cord Blood Processing and Cryogenic Storage Laboratory in Miami
GeneCell International announced the opening of its new, Miami-based corporate headquarters and laboratory. [Business Wire]

POLICY NEWS

House Approves Flat 2011 Budget for Most Science Agencies
The three federal agencies that support the vast majority of academic research would receive no more money in 2011 than in 2010 under a spending bill that narrowly passed the House of Representatives. [House of Representatives, United States]

National Institutes of Health (United States)

Food and Drug Administration (United States)

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (United States)
 
European Medicines Agency (European Union)
 
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (United Kingdom)

Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australia)

EVENTS (Listed by Date)

The 3rd Young Investigator Stem Cell Meeting
December 14, 2010
Tel Aviv, Israel

Pharmacology in Stem Cells Research and Regenerative Medicine
December 17, 2010
London, United Kingdom

The 3rd Guangzhou International Conference on Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
December 17-19, 2010
Guangzhou, China

5th Annual Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine World Congress
January 24-25, 2011
San Diego, United States

IQPC’s 4th Biobanking Conference
January 24-26, 2011
Philadelphia, United States

Stem Cell Research Forum of India 2nd Annual Meeting
February 8-11, 2011
Bangalore, India

BMT Tandem Meetings (ASBMT/CIBMTR)
February 17-21, 2011
Honolulu, Hawaii

1st Annual Clinical Meeting of the Cell Society
February 18-19, 2011
La Jolla, United States

Stem Cells 2011 – Innovation and Commercialisation
February 23-24, 2011
London, United Kingdom

Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference: Stem Cells – Revolutionizing Regenerative Medicine and Personalized Therapy 2011
February 23-25, 2011
San Francisco, United States

Cell Culture World Congress 2011 – Optimising Cell Culture Development for Biopharmaceutical, Bioprocessing and Manufacture
February 28-March 2, 2011
Munich, Germany

6th Annual Stem Cell Summit
March 1, 2011
New York, United States

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Stem Cells, Development, and Cancer
March 3-6, 2011
Vancouver, Canada

PITTCON Conference & Expo 2011
March 13-18, 2011
Atlanta, United States

15th Annual Hilton Head Workshop – Regenerative Medicine, Innovations for Clinical Applications
March 16-19, 2011
Hilton Head Island, United States

StemCONN 11
March 22, 2011
Farmington, United States

Keystone Symposia: Hematopoiesis
March 27-April 1, 2011
Big Sky, United States

United Kingdom National Stem Cell Network 2011 Annual Scientific Conference
March 30-April 1, 2011
York, United Kingdom

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 102nd Annual Meeting 2011
April 2-6, 2011
Orlando, United States

World Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Congress 2011
May 9-11, 2011
London, United Kingdom

Inaugural Theranostics for Personalised Medicine
May 18-19, 2011
London, United Kingdom
 
13th Annual C21 BioVentures
May 24-26, 2011
Napa, United States

NEW 9th Annual International Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation Symposium
June 9-11, 2011
San Francisco, United States

NEW International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) 9th Annual Meeting
June 15-18, 2011
Toronto, Canada

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